Jen Psaki, who plans to leave the White House this year, is being feverishly courted by CNN and MSNBC, Puck reports.
“It may be worth asking yourself, since it is getting pretty serious, what is this really about? Why do I hate Putin so much? Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him?”
— Tucker Carlson, on his Fox News show.
Popular Information: “Most people have probably never heard of the website Conservative Brief. It employs just three writers and it does not produce any original reporting. Nearly all of its articles are aggregations of Tweets, YouTube videos, or other media websites, presented with a far-right spin… Yet Conservative Brief has emerged in 2022 as a dominant force on Facebook. It has recently become more popular on the platform than the New York Times and the Washington Post.”
“How did this happen? Popular Information has uncovered evidence strongly suggesting that Conservative Brief is paying a network of large Facebook pages, including several controlled by prominent conservative political personalities, to post its content. This conduct, if it is indeed occurring, is in direct violation of Facebook’s rules.”
A new Gallup poll finds that “younger Democrats are driving a huge decline in national news consumption in the U.S.”
“It marks the first time since the study began in early 2018 that Democrats report having less interest in national news than Republicans and independents.”
The Baltimore Sun published an apology for the newspaper’s lengthy history of racism, dating back to classified ads selling slaves or offering bounties on escaped slaves.
“John Durham, the Trump-era special counsel scrutinizing the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, distanced himself on Thursday from false reports by right-wing news outlets that a motion he recently filed said Hillary Clinton’s campaign had paid to spy on Trump White House servers,” the New York Times reports.
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Jack Shafer: “Perhaps as Palin’s attorneys prepare their briefs and the press corps reassembles the legal challenge, we’ll get a proper idea of why she sued in the first place — because nothing in her three-and-a-half hours on the stand in the one-week trial provided much of a clue. Substitute gym teachers put more industry in their work than Palin did in her testimony. What gives in a case that may have already cost Palin’s side up to $2 million in legal fees?”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) blasted the media by claiming his press coverage is skewed because of a lack of racial diversity, Mediaite reports.
Said Adams: “I’m a Black man that’s the mayor but my story is being interpreted by people who don’t look like me. We got to be honest about that. How many Blacks are in the editorial boards? How many Blacks determine how these stories are being written?”
He added: “If this is how this is going to be, I’m just going to come in and do my announcements and bounce. Why am I even answering these questions?”
“A jury returned a verdict against Sarah Palin in her libel suit against The New York Times on Tuesday, finding that there was insufficient evidence to prove the newspaper had defamed her in a 2017 editorial that erroneously linked her political rhetoric to a mass shooting,” the New York Times reports.
“The decision was the second time this week that Ms. Palin’s case was dealt a significant setback. On Monday, the presiding judge in federal court in Lower Manhattan, Jed Rakoff, said that he would dismiss the case if the jury found in her favor.”
“U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday accused a conservative financial news website with a significant American readership of amplifying Kremlin propaganda and alleged five media outlets targeting Ukrainians have taken direction from Russian spies,” the AP reports.
“The officials said Zero Hedge, which has 1.2 million Twitter followers, published articles created by Moscow-controlled media that were then shared by outlets and people unaware of their nexus to Russian intelligence.”
Matthew Yglesias: “Propagandistic media coverage is bad, spreading false information deliberately or carelessly is bad, misleading people is bad, and it’s unfortunate that voters (and, frankly, elite policymakers) often make important decisions operating under misconceptions.”
“That said, I do not think there is much evidence that misinformation has become more widespread, that this increase in misinformation is due to technological change, or that it is at the root of the political trends liberals are most angry about. If anything, people seem to be better-informed than in the past — which is what you would expect because our information technology has gotten better — and it is very hard to think of any cure for misinformation that would not be worse than the disease.”
A judge on Monday indicated he will dismiss Sarah Palin’s libel case against the New York Times, saying she had not met the legal standard showing that the newspaper acted with “actual malice” in publishing a 2017 editorial that included an inaccurate claim about her, the Washington Post reports.
“Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, will be the featured entertainer when the White House Correspondents’ Association hosts its first annual dinner since 2019 on April 30,” the Washington Post reports.
“For the past century, the annual dinner has brought together journalists and government officials — along with an array of celebrities — to celebrate press freedom and poke fun at one another.”
“President Donald Trump snubbed the gathering, traditionally attended by presidents and first ladies, during the first three years of his tenure, and the last two gatherings were canceled amid the pandemic.”
Seth Stevenson: “I admit, at this point in her testimony, I was a little impressed. Palin in no way resembled the caricature I had in my head. She was confident, articulate, and—somewhat to my surprise—quite lucid. I’m not saying she was Stephen Hawking, but she at least evinced a sort of horse sense, paired with grinning charisma, that you could imagine might make her an effective mayor or governor. Then, about a half hour in, the wheels came off.”
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) will be co-hosting a radio show with Guardian Angels founder and former New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa (R), the New York Post reports.